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Prep report: Ashland falls in state soccer semifinals

Notre Dame scored two goals late in the first half to overcome an early deficit and held on to defeat Ashland 3-1 in a Wisconsin girls soccer Division 3 state tournament semifinal Thursday night at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.

Notre Dame scored two goals late in the first half to overcome an early deficit and held on to defeat Ashland 3-1 in a Wisconsin girls soccer Division 3 state tournament semifinal Thursday night at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.
Katie St. Germain gave the Oredockers a 1-0 advantage with an unassisted goal at the 9-minute mark before the Green Bay-based Tritons evened the score and went ahead on a pair of goals by Anna Tristani in a 78-second span late in the opening half. Tristani put a rebound past goalkeeper Mollie Richardson in the 41st minute and then beat Richardson one-on-one for the game-winning goal.
Grace Shaw added an insurance goal in the 85th minute.
Richardson made 11 saves for Ashland (22-4-1), while Notre Dame’s Emily Luebke didn’t face a single shot in the final 80 minutes.
Notre Dame (20-5-3) will meet Waukesha Catholic Memorial, a 4-1 winner over Mount Horeb, in Saturday’s final.

Ashland    1-0-1
Notre Dame    2-1-3
First half - 1. A, Katie St. Germain, 9th minute; 2. ND, Anna Tristani (Miranda Hansen), 41st; 3. ND, Tristani (Monica Majeski), 43rd.
Second half - 4. ND, Grace Shaw (Trudy Quidzinski), 85th.
Saves - Mollie Richardson, A, 11; Emily Luebke, ND, 0.

CLAY TARGET
HERMANTOWN PAIR AMONG STATE TOURNEY ENTRANTS
Hermantown senior Hunter Plesha and eighth-grader Kohlton Miller are among the 100 individuals who qualified for the Minnesota clay target state tournament.
Plesha tied for fifth statewide with an average of
24.3 targets hit in 25 attempts during five regular-season meets.
The Hawks failed to qualify for the team competition in the second annual trapshooting event sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League.
Among girls, Hibbing’s Brittany Vajdl is tied for first statewide with St. Michael-Albertville’s Emma Olson with an average of 23.6 targets hit. Hibbing is one of four teams to qualify in Class AAAA.
The team competition begins at 9 a.m. with individuals starting around 3 p.m. at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake.

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